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I try to use natural light whenever possible so I just use a Canon EOS 7D with the 100mm macro lens and a 25mm lens hood I got off the internet as the new macro lens does not have a recessed front like the old one did. The Canon lens hood is too big and unwieldy for use in the field. With the 7D I can shoot up to 640 ISO so I do most of my work hand held.





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Jul 16, 2015 at 09:59 AM
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Lack of a recessed front element is the reason I keep my old Nikon AF-D 100mm and did not "upgrade" to the AF-S version.


Jul 24, 2015 at 07:08 PM
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Here is the current setup for my Printing Nikkor 105mm (at 1:1). It currently connects to m4/3 tubes, then to M42, with an M42 helicoid. The magnification can be lower or higher, using an additional helicoid or tubes.

Two flash guns (FL-300R) are mounted on ball-joint shoes, which are each attached to a slightly modified canon 65mm lens tripod adapter ring.

Additional light is from a powerful flash (FL-50R) on the L-bracket.

All flash are controlled (RC) by the unit (FL-LM2) on the hot shoe.

The present extension rings are not entirely up to handling over 1kg of lens, plus the flash guns. It will be replaced by film OM tubes and telescopic tubes. [Edit] I have now done this

I have adapted the rear of the lens thread adown to M42. Then an M42 to OM adapter gets me into OM mount.. So now there is only one M42 thread to come unscrewed during use and I am prepared to glue that closed.

Using one or two Olympus OM 65-112mm telescopic tubes the FOV is from 45mm wide with one tube fully retracted, down to 10mm with both extended. The top performance of the lens is with a field (m4/3) of 35mm down to ca 8mm. [Edit ends]

I just checked the weight of this rig: 3.70 kg!

Harold



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Sep 24, 2015 at 11:03 AM
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Here is my latest setup leveraging an old Olympus T8 ring flash and some cobbled-together bits and pieces:



(link to full size: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjsfoto1956/21900593341/sizes/l/ )

Michael
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Oct 02, 2015 at 05:34 PM
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It is useful to have flexible lighting for field close-ups and macro under flash illumination. It is useful to have some light from above and, sometimes, some from the side, or even from a low angle. These options become more difficult to provide from the position of the camera , especially when moving back for a wide FOV. I have recently obtained a pair of “spikes” which are small monopods , each with an integral tough spike which can be pushed into the ground.

The two images show how I used them for photographing a club fungus (the thin, pale orange stem). Allowing for being pushed firmly into the ground, they will raise your camera or flash from ca 25 cm up to 50cm above the ground, a very handy range for macro. My flash guns come with a removable shoe for free-standing, which has a threaded tripod socket in the base. The guns can also be angled downward by 45 degrees.

All my flash units can be, and are for all my macro use, remotely controlled from the camera and metered at the camera. (To show this kit the light from the flash at the camera, which would normally provide the main illumination, distorts how the subject would be illuminated).

I hope that the problem of placing second and third flash guns, often a tricky balancing act, will be largely overcome by using these spikes.

These spikes are available from:

www.wildviewcameras.co.uk

“Adjustable Ground Spike”:

http://www.wildviewcameras.co.uk/accessories

Harold




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Nov 11, 2015 at 02:43 PM
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Old setup here - http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/780820/0#7182291

Pictures of new setup from my article here - http://beingmark.com/macro-illustrated/ - about 1/5th the way down the page.

Panasonic G6 body with a Olympus 60/f2.8 macro lens. With a +8 achromat attached this setup does nearly everything the old one did only better, especially the AF (auto focus). I have used a lighter diffusion material, crimped elasticated cotton, stapled to the plastic. The black line you see crossing the green is elasticated nylon to help control the positioning of the diffusing disc of cotton - it can still be flipped left or right to vary direction of light, albeit less than before.






The snoot is lined with creased – to aid in breaking up the path of the light – plastic foil and 1/3rd the way down the tube I have added a pad for pre-diffusion. It’s basically a disc of loose weave filler suspended about 1/2 inch from the sides using gaffer tape – so the flash isn’t producing a hot spot in the middle. It’s still a work in progress.






Here’s that little black focus assist lamp clipped on another kind of lamp I have also used for AF assist. The small one gets more use these days. Both can be found online.






And a few pictures from the new setup.




















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Dec 24, 2015 at 07:04 AM
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Nice! Just received a Nikon R1C1 yesterday. Putting a 105mm Micro on my D800 to start shooting.


Dec 25, 2015 at 11:49 PM
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EOS M3 does macro.....




















my latest iteration.....



Jan 02, 2016 at 07:30 PM
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I'm on a budget so I have to work with cheap materials and what I already have!

I built a custom bracket with lockline and a mini ball head. Attached is an sb600 with an apollo softbox diffuser attached. I built a very cheap but effects concave diffuser with two 3mm sheets of polystyrene foam folded over on each other. The flash can be positioned straight over the subjects and small adjustments can be made, but not nearly as fine scale as could be made with something like an R1N1 setup. Nevertheless, it worked well and wasn't too difficult to carry through the jungle. When it started to rain, there was a pretty good race to get it broken down and into a dry bag!

Below is the set up and an example of the nice diffused light it provided.

Thanks!
Gabriel

camerasetup by Gabriel Gartner, on Flickr

Peru_12_28_2015_00164 by Gabriel Gartner, on Flickr

Peru_12_28_2015_00136 by Gabriel Gartner, on Flickr



Jan 20, 2016 at 02:17 AM
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e6filmuser wrote:
If you click on the macro link you will wonder why he bothered.


Some of them I guess but I really like some of them.

I'm not sure this much special equipment was required to capture any of them, though, if that's what you mean.




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My cobbled together Heath Robinson desktop stacking set up for anyone interested. For stacking dead things up to 10X

Note - diffusion not included in pic, I'm basically using a styrofoam cup over the end of the lens / objective / subject. Diffusion for IKEA LED lamps = pieces of same.
Nikkor 55 micro lens used as vertical stage !
Proxxon KT-70 drill table "rail"

20160309_100807 by AndyMacDougallPhotography, on Flickr

2016-02-17 13.56.58 by AndyMacDougallPhotography, on Flickr

20160309_100821 by AndyMacDougallPhotography, on Flickr

Latest subject Black Soldier Fly at 6.75X. 200 image stack using Zerene Stacker and LR.

2016-04-29-16.36.40 ZS retouched by AndyMacDougallPhotography, on Flickr

Andy



Apr 30, 2016 at 12:19 PM
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Cool shot Andy!


May 13, 2016 at 08:20 PM
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I used to shoot a lot of macros years ago and have made probably 2 dozen different macro flashes.I've just recently gotten the bug (pun intended) again. This set-up had three criteria.

1) Inexpensive: Iced coffee cup,duct tape, silver foil tape, paper towel, 4 elastics. Had them all around the house.

2) Easy to get on and off:... My biggest deterrent from shooting macro is set-up and breakdown. velcro on top of 270EX flash and 1 elastic keep it solidly in position.

3) Stelth: Previous iteration have been unwieldy and bumped branches, got heavy, etc.... This weighs almost nothing and is about as small as I could get it considering the size and diffusion of the light source that I wanted.

http://www.michaelplattsphotography.com/p178512863/e7d78d8a3


Maiden voyage:

http://www.michaelplattsphotography.com/p178512863/e7c254bdc

The red background is not me trying to be artistic... It's a red gas can that I was actually trying to avoid.

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Jun 14, 2016 at 07:40 PM
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Sorry, tried to get photos to embed. I've switched photo hosting sites and am not sure how to do it now.



Jun 14, 2016 at 07:44 PM
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The awesome-ness of this thread is just overwhelming. You guys are all genius.


Jul 10, 2016 at 12:37 AM
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KankRat wrote:
The awesome-ness of this thread is just overwhelming. You guys are all genius.


Yes, I see some setups here far more elaborate than my modest setup. This is an old picture, I found the factory provided lighting wasn't enough and added some gooseneck but this is where I do most of my macro work.











Aug 02, 2016 at 02:45 PM
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Mike Scott wrote:
Sorry, tried to get photos to embed. I've switched photo hosting sites and am not sure how to do it now.


Try viewing your images on the host site via Firefox browser. Click on the image and chose "Copy image location". Try pasting that link into uploads at other sites. That is what I do with my images hosted here.

Harold



Aug 05, 2016 at 06:15 AM
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Update of my stacking hardware with a high power flash unit.

My new high power led module is ready for use. The first test with the gray card is done. The flash time with the 10 channels on is 350 us versus 2400 us compared to the previous version. The current per channel is set to 1200 mA or 12A total @ 39V. The maximum current can go up to 1400 mA per channel.
The LEDs used are Cree LEDs CXA [email protected] This temperature is lower than my previous version. I have set a new white balance in the D7100 as P4. The flash time can go up to 30 ms per shot at a step rate of 2.5 sec. Here there is plenty of time for recharging the 40.000 uF capacitors. My normal cycle time is 2.7 seconds per shot. I may hold this cycle indefinitely. The LEDs are not even hot. This is due to the very low duty cycle. In preview mode, I use 1 us on/511 us off cycle. Same for the WB setting. The RS422 driver works fine. Over a distance of 5m is the delay only a few ns. With 10 channels I can adjust the light direction fine.


500W power LED module in use P8126452 by Frans, on Flickr


The led module internal:


P8016395 by Frans, on Flickr


How to make the assembly of the leds:


P8016370 by Frans, on Flickr

Results:

Snuitvlieg - Rhingia campestris 075173 by Frans, on Flickr

Frans.



Aug 12, 2016 at 04:58 PM
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For Micro Photography;

Nikon 10x Setup by Can Tunçer, on Flickr

Mitutoyo 5x Setup by Can Tunçer, on Flickr

Tabletop "Macro" Setup Version 3 by Can Tunçer, on Flickr

Macro Family by Can Tunçer, on Flickr



Oct 03, 2016 at 09:43 AM
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frans_vdm wrote:
Update of my stacking hardware with a high power flash unit.

Results:
https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8714/29461630726_841ebeedd4_b.jpg
Snuitvlieg - Rhingia campestris 075173 by Frans, on Flickr


Frans,

It is a great shame that the Rhingia image is not in a topic of its own.

Harold



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